Intriguing news keeps coming from this year's Flash Memory Summit. Yesterday, Samsung announced 64-layer V-NAND. Today, Kingston and industry newcomer Liqid announced that they've collaborated to make what they call the world's fastest 2.5" solid-state drive.
Now, we're used to hearing inflated claims in these parts, and always try to maintain our wait-till-we-bench-it attitude. Still, it's hard not to be impressed with the numbers that Liqid and Kingston are reporting. They're reporting sequential read and write speeds of 3.6 gigabytes per second. For reference, two short months ago we happily recommended an SSD that measures its speed in mere hundreds of megabytes per second. For random read and write speeds, the companies report results that are also an order of magnitude higher than many products currently on the market. Random reads for their drive reportedly reach 850K IOPS.
Liqid and Kingston have apparently reached this level of performance by packaging four M.2 SSDs inside a 2.5" drive chassis and ganging them together with multiple Phison PS5007-E7 PCIe NVMe controllers. This approach will allow the companies to sell drives with up to 3.9 TB of capacity.
While the companies haven't offered specifics about models, release dates, and pricing, they do expect the drive to be generally available later this year. We'll look forward to seeing some real-world benchmarks of this product.